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In September 2021, the UNDP Africa Regional Programme, in partnership with the Chatham House Africa Programme, launched a dialogue series on Policy for Recovery in Africa, which aims to bring together expert speakers and decision-makers to examine and exchange on key challenges, potential solutions and approaches for implementation.

As African countries confront the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need for multi-sector engagement on development, including from regional and global governments, international organizations, financial institutions, donors and the private sector. The series provides careful analysis and evidence-based policy solutions towards recovery and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.


Africa appeared more resilient to the immediate health impact of COVID-19 than many of the more developed parts of the world – in part attributed to youthful populations, lessons learned from Ebola outbreaks, already on-going community health programmes, as well as fast responses from national leadership. However, access to critical vaccines will likely mean that the continent lags well behind other regions in inoculation against COVID-19.

The economic impact of COVID-19 may hit Africa harder than any other recent global crisis. The IMF projects that the global economy will grow by 6 per cent in 2021, but the African economy by only 3.2 per cent. African governments do not have the same access to financial capital to kick start recovery, foreign investment is drying up, and domestic finances are urgently needed for providing basic education and health services.

Progress will depend on cooperation between a broad variety of stakeholders and will require new thinking on policy formation and engagement with different actors.

Unless these challenges are addressed, the economic impacts of COVID-19 will lead to significant social and political upheaval. The challenge of fulfilling the aspirations of increasingly globalized youthful populations will exacerbate tensions in places where competition for scarce resources already causes conflict, and could force some authoritarian regimes to reinforce repression to head off widespread dissent.

This UNDP-Chatham House series draws together key actors including governments, policy makers, international organizations, the international private sector, as well as local business representatives, academics and experts, the media, the diaspora and citizens.

Watch the explainer video.

EVENT 1 | Vaccine access and manufacturing | 30 September 2021

Keynote Speaker: Rt. Hon. Dr. Michel Sidibé, African Union Special Envoy for the African Medicines Agency (AMA). This event discussed the key issues confronting African governments for getting access to vaccines. Watch the recording.

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  • Partnerships for Sustainable Development Post COVID-19
  • Regional Development Planning and Coordination

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